Saturday, January 29 at Gulfstream Park is one of the biggest races of the year: the Pegasus World Cup (G1)! This $3 million race, covering a mile and an eighth on the Gulfstream dirt track, drew a field of nine handicap horses. The eyes of the racing world will be on Gulfstream on Saturday, and you can bet it from the comfort of your own home here in Canada!
Promising Dortmund Makes Stakes Debut in $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity
On Saturday, Los Alamitos Race Course will host the 34th edition of the $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity. The Grade 1 race will be run at a mile and a sixteenth and has attracted a field of five promising juveniles.
The highly-regarded Dortmund tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 4-5 for trainer Bob Baffert. Purchased for $140,000 by Kaleem Shah who also campaigned Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Bayern, the chestnut colt is undefeated from two starts. Sired by Big Brown, he defeated a field of eleven rivals at Churchill Downs as the heavy favorite last time out. Regular rider Martin Garcia will be aboard from post position three.
Mr. Z trying for first stakes win after narrow defeat
Second choice at 5-2 on the morning line is Mr. Z for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Owned by Zayat Stables and purchased for $135,000, the chestnut son of Malibu Moon has one win from seven starts. He broke his maiden in his debut effort in June and has since been keeping stakes company coast to coast. He was last seen finishing second, beaten only a nose, in the Delta Jackpot (G3). Mike Smith will be back aboard and they will break from post four.
No Problem going for third consecutive victory
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is graded stakes winner No Problem for trainer Michael McCarthy. After breaking his maiden against claiming competition in his second start, the ridgling son of Munnings came back to pull an upset victory in the Bob Hope (G3) over Del Mar’s synthetic main track. He will be stretching out to two turns after sprinting in all three starts and will have regular rider Victor Espinoza aboard from post two.
The Kentucky Derby trail makes its way to Oklahoma on Friday, December 17 for the Remington Springboard Mile! The race drew a field of nine up-and-coming two-year-olds to go a mile on the main track. The prizes are rich: a $400,000 purse, as well as Road to the Kentucky Derby points (10-4-2-1) for the first four horses across the wire.
The Los Alamitos Futurity (G2), California’s most important Kentucky Derby Prep in December, is coming up on Saturday, December 11! The race features the most promising two-year-olds in California, set to go a mile and a sixteenth over the dirt at Los Alamitos Racecourse. The race offers a purse of $300,000, as well as Road to the Kentucky Derby points, apportioned 10-4-2-1 to the top four finishers.